First Night Out After Giving Birth
Make your first night out after having a baby a relaxing and enjoyable one with the following advice and tips.
It’s hard to imagine that you’ll ever have an evening out when you’re knee deep in nappies and late night feedings. But rest assured, you will eventually head out for a meal or to the cinema and you’ll feel all the better for it. Follow this advice to make sure that your baby is safe and that you have a relaxing night.
Trust Your Babysitter
Make sure your chosen babysitter is someone you know very well. A family member or close friend who is reliable is a good choice here. You will feel safe knowing your baby is in capable hands when you go out.
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For breastfeeding mothers, going out can prove to be a challenge when it comes to your baby’s feeding habits. If you have been exclusively breastfeeding, it may be hard for the babysitter to get your child to drink from a storage container. Try to get your baby used to drinking a storage container of expressed breast milk in the days before you go out. Then be sure to leave an adequate supply of breast milk for your child minder to cover the duration of time you will be out. Also make sure that the babysitter knows exactly how to feed your baby.
Stay Close By
It’s important not to venture too far on your first night out. You will be more likely to be relaxed when you know that you’re not too far away if there is an emergency. You might find yourself coming home earlier than you expected as you might over-estimate your energy levels.
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A Quick Exit
Don’t drag out your goodbyes to your baby. Make a swift exit if they’re still awake as if they see you anxious this might upset them as well.
Watch What You Drink
Firstly, if you are still breastfeeding you need to be extremely cautious with any alcohol intake. Levels of alcohol in breast milk are similar to the levels in the mother’s bloodstream. Alcohol levels are at their highest between half an hour and an hour after drinking, or 90 minutes if you have been drinking with a meal. It takes two hours for a single unit of alcohol to leave the bloodstream. A single unit of alcohol includes a small glass of wine or half a pint of beer. And for those not breastfeeding, it is still important to limit your drinking. Even though you are out for the night, you are still going to have to mind your baby possibly during that night and certainly the next morning.
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Items To Leave For The Sitter
- The lowdown on baby Leave a list that details your baby’s routine, feeding times, burping positions, nappy changing set up, clean clothes and bedtime rituals. This will prevent the babysitter having to ring you to ask minor questions.
- Something to soothe. Leave something to comfort your baby with the sitter. A favourite blanket, teddy, or shirt with your smell on it can work to calm a distressed child in their parents’ absence.
- A list of numbers It is also essential to leave a list of phone numbers for your sitter. This list must include your phone number as well as the number of the venue where you are going. Leave the number for an emergency contact person, such as a nearby relative or friend.
“Build up to your first night out. Leave your child with a trusted friend or relative for 20 minutes while you run to the shop or go for a coffee, it helps to decrease the anxiety of them being without you. I found setting myself a goal worked wonders.” – Hannah Boylan
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